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Where to stay: Comfort Inn by the Bay or Travelodge Presadio

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Where to stay: Comfort Inn by the Bay or Travelodge Presadio

Hi - I will be visiting SFO for 3 days in the first week of September and have made reservations at Comfort Inn by the Bay and Travelodge at the Presadio. Which is a better place to stay. Please advise. Thanks

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1. Re: Where to stay: Comfort Inn by the Bay or Travelodge Presadio

While the Comfort Inn is closer to the center of things (note the word "closer" because it's not IN the center of things), it's in a bit of a dead zone for being within walking distance of shops or restaurants.

The Presidio TL is just at the Lombard Gate to the Presidio which is a wonderful urban oasis. Additionally there are 2-3 good restaurants within a block: Baker Street Bistro is a very nice reasonably priced French bistro. Very local. Liverpool Lil's is a great spot for a burger and beer (but with lots of specials and an interesting menu). The Presidio Social Club is just inside the Presidio. Perhaps a bit more upscale menu but still a casual ambiance. And I think, there's a pizza place just next door as well.

About 4 blocks from the TL is the corner of Chestnut and Divisadero which is the west end of the Marina neighborhood with lots more dining and shopping options.

For transit the Comfort Inn is on Van Ness.

* 47 and 49 buses run on Van Ness. The 47 goes to the Wharf.

* 30-Stockton is a block away which will take you to the Wharf, North Beach, Chinatown and Union Square.

* 28-19th Ave is five blocks away (Chestnut/Laguna) which will get you to the GG Bridge and GG Park.

* 22-Fillmore is 7 blocks away (Fillmore and Van Ness) and goes to Pacific Heights, Alamo Square and the Mission.

* 43-Masonic is 8 blocks away (Fillmore and Chestnut) and goes to the Haight.

Those same lines will work for the TL but some stops may be closer:

* 30 Stockton at Chestnut and Divis

* 28-19th Ave at Lombard and Divis (3-4 blocks)

* 22 Fillmore at Fillmore and Chestnut (8 blocks)

* 43 Masonic (0 blocks -- Lombard and Lyon)

* Additionally the 45-Union/Stockton is 2 blocks away which will go through Cow Hollow (and neighborhood with shops and restos ... about 6 blocks away), North Beach, Chinatown and Union Square.

One difference between the Comfort Inn and the TL: the Comfort Inn has interior corridors while the TL has exterior.

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2. Re: Where to stay: Comfort Inn by the Bay or Travelodge Presadio

WD has given you a pretty detailed answer and I agree with all that.

A much more pleasant location is the Travelodge or any of the others in that Lombard / Marina area with plenty of restaurants and shopping close by .

The Comfort Inn sits right above a very busy intersection with not a lot around it but a hell of a lot of traffic.

I would go for the Travelodge .

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3. Re: Where to stay: Comfort Inn by the Bay or Travelodge Presadio

Great. Thanks very much! Will go for TL

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4. Re: Where to stay: Comfort Inn by the Bay or Travelodge Presadio

If you need more info on the area with regards transit, dining or shopping, let us know. And please come back and let us know how it worked out, how you got around and what you saw. We don't hear from too many people who stayed there.

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5. Re: Where to stay: Comfort Inn by the Bay or Travelodge Presadio

wow WD -- very detailed and an excellent reply. OP is there a reason you are staying in the Cow Hollow area as opposed to the Union Square area ? Are the hotels in the US area out of your budget ?

By the way SFO is the airport just as LGA and JFK are not Manhattan - SFO is 13 miles from SF.

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